New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley “felt good” at the team’s Thursday practice, as he’s still nursing a high ankle sprain.
Will New York Giants fans see their star running back Saquon Barkley play this Sunday? It’s not impossible, as head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn’t ruled him out. The second-year pro is nursing a high ankle sprain suffered in the midst of a Week 3 win in Tampa Bay.
Barkley was seen (not in full gear) at Wednesday’s practice running, jumping, and making cuts. The ankle looked good then and didn’t seem to give Barkley too many problems again on Thursday.
“Got to do a little bit more,” Barkley said when asked about Thursday’s go-around, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “Felt good. But like I said, focus on the Vikings and focusing on tomorrow and attacking tomorrow.”
It’s most definitely in the Giants’ best interest to not rush Barkley back onto the field. Re-injuring that ankle in an even larger way is the last thing this organization needs. If anything, they should consider sitting Barkley on Sunday and see how he fares for their Week 6 game next Thursday night against the New England Patriots. But, then again, I’m not a doctor nor a Giants trainer.
Regardless of when he returns to the game field, Barkley is glad to at least be back on the practice turf.
“It feels good to get back out there with my teammates,” he said. “We’ve been having a great week of practice. Just got to continue to get better. Got one more day to attack it on the field to prepare ourselves best for the Vikings.”
The Giants, with or without Barkley, will play host to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.